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By The Skanner News
Published: 08 July 2020

After nearly four months closed, the Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. The museum and store be operating under new hours:  

Wednesdays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Sundays: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed 

The OHS Research Library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. More information on library services that are available during the renovation can be found at ohs.org/libraryreno.

Know Before You Go

Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for cultural attractions and museums, the Oregon Historical Society has implemented important safety protocols for the health of our staff and visitors.

  • Wear A Face Covering: Pursuant to the Governor’s executive order, all visitors age twelve and older are required to wear a face covering. If visitors do not have a face covering, single-use face coverings will be provided at no charge.  
  • Maintain Distance: Signage through the museum will remind visitors to keep six feet of distance between themselves and visitors outside of their party.  
  • Modified Exhibit Access: For the safety of our visitors, high touch hands-on interactive features in open exhibitions are closed until further notice. Our History Hub exhibit and Photo Hallway gallery are both temporarily closed.   

Other Safety Precautions Include:

  • Hand-sanitizing stations 
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards at point of sale stations 
  • Designated one-way paths 
  • Limited contact transactions; at this time, we will be discouraging cash/check transactions 
  • Limiting building capacity to a maximum of 150 visitors  
  • Limiting museum store capacity to four shoppers at one time

For full details on enhanced health and safety protocols, visit ohs.org/reopening

Now Open: Nevertheless, They Persisted

ohs persisted exhibit fullNevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment exhibit now open at OHS Museum. (photo courtesy OHS Museum)
When the Oregon Historical Society closed on Saturday, March 14, the museum was about to debut a new original exhibition, Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment, which chronicles the complicated history of voting rights and profiles the brave activists who fought for woman suffrage.

Now extended through mid-2021, this exhibit shows the many ways Oregon history connects to the national history of woman suffrage and to the complex history of American democracy.

“In this election year, Nevertheless, They Persisted will prompt visitors to reflect on voting rights and the many ways that activists have fought to universalize this basic right of citizenship,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “We were excited to open this exhibition in March, and four months later, the important messages of the power of activism shared in Nevertheless, They Persisted feel even more relevant today.”

Learn more about the exhibition online.

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